The Clearing Reviews

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January 30, 2020
An evolutionary thriller, The Clearing not only reinforces the status quo, it grinds the face of the economy's losers in the dirt and does a victory dance on their head.
December 28, 2010
Good performances almost make it worthwhile.
April 29, 2009
I just expected a lot more in the end, and really just didn't get it with a routine script, bland plot, and an ending that was too sudden to be accepted.
December 6, 2005
June 17, 2005
It's pretty bland, even though the trailer would lead you to believe otherwise.
December 31, 2004
[Mirren, Redford, and Dafoe] cannot get a fire going in this clich-soggy kindling.
November 22, 2004
H dois bons filmes em Refm de uma Vida, mas estes se enfraquecem mutuamente em funo da estrutura narrativa adotada pelo cineasta.
November 14, 2004
The first 10 minutes are promising, but then the film, a wannabe thriller, loses steam
August 8, 2004
Talky and mawkish.
August 1, 2004
A thriller stripped of thrills -- or, even worse, a thriller that thinks of itself as somehow rising above the vulgar pleasures of excitement.
July 31, 2004
What should make for a taut, suspenseful thriller drowns in an ocean of verbiage.
July 28, 2004
[I]t remains a mystery why anyone thought that this was a story that needed to be told, or who they thought would be engaged by the problems of these bland, distant people.
July 21, 2004
There's no urgency in the execution and no point to the resolution -- all in all, a major disappointment for those seeking cinematic sanctuary.
July 21, 2004
Man, aren't WASPs boring? The movie's simply not deep enough to be an art film, and nowhere near entertaining enough to pass itself off as a satisfying thriller.
July 20, 2004
An enterprising but ultimately unsatisfying exercise that promises quite a lot, but delivers very little.
July 19, 2004
Though performed impeccably by everyone involved, the film's wall of conceit makes for neither a gripping nor suspenseful viewing.
July 16, 2004
Despite strong intentions and even stronger performances, The Clearing's shallow narrative fails to delve deeply into either of its commendable themes.
July 16, 2004
Unfortunately, suffering in silence -- even when you're doing it as marvelously as Mirren does -- doesn't make for terribly exciting cinema.
July 16, 2004
...the dullest kidnapping-for-ransom drama ever conceived
July 16, 2004
A poorly paced kidnapping drama that seems to think it's so prestigious that it doesn't need to generate much suspense.
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